Welcome to day 2 of the Dare to Dresden blog hop. Thanks to Madame Samm for organising the event and to Christine from Quilt Monster in my Closet for being our excellent cheerleader.
I think the Dresden plate block is such a pretty block and it all starts from a simple blade template. Here are two of the templates I've used. The small white template is the one I've used for my Dresden Plate quilt which followers of my blog have already heard all about. The green template is fatter and I've used it to create a tumbler quilt. To create the typical point of the blade the fabric is folded in half, right sides together along the long side like the template on the right. You stitch the longer end together with the usual 1/4inch seam and then turn right side out making sure you have as sharp a point as possible.
My tumbler template is 3.75 inches long and the wider end is 4 inches and shorter end is 2 inches. From my template I cut 25 tumblers which I pieced together to create a prem baby quilt
The colours on the photo are not very true as the border is less red and the print going across the diagonal does have a pink background. I'm not sure why but I do have rather a lot of pink prints in my scraps and I decided to put them to good use. The quilt is backed with fleece but no batting and no quilting. The hospital this is going to like the quilts made this way to keep them as soft as possible for the baby.
As my followers know I have been working on my Dresden plate quilt and I am hoping to finish it this month. I was hoping to have it done for today but there is still a way to go. For those of you who haven't seen it here is a photo.
Did I mention a give away? Having finished all the piecing on my quilt I had some fabric over so I am in the process of making a pillow cover. I had hoped to have it finished for today but work got in the way. However here is a picture of the front.
Give away now closed
The pillow cover when complete will take a 16 inch pillow and will have a white back and a zip opening.
If you would like to have a chance of winning the pillow cover please leave me a comment about whether you have dared to Dresden. If you are a follower you may have a second chance by leaving another comment. The give away is open until Midnight (EST) on the 31st January.
Now you need to go and visit the other folks daring to Dresden today. Have fun.
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